What is the Compassion Center?

Are you interested in being a part of bringing compassion to our city? Let us know here.

Reaching the Working Poor Through the Compassion of Christ

Jesus said, “my food is to do the will of him who sent me.” He said this to his disciples after sharing the gospel with the Samaritan woman at the well in the village of Sychar. Jesus understood that there is something nourishing to our souls and life-giving to our spirits when we make those personal connections with people to convey the love of Christ. The U.S. Dept. of Labor estimated that in the United States, 7.6 million working poor individuals in the labor force still fell below the poverty level. The goal of the Alderwood Compassion Center is to offer food and assistance to those working poor individuals and families throughout Edmonds, Lynnwood, and South Everett. Our hope is that we would provide the tools those individuals need to improve their lives. But the real impact is relationships that are established where you and I can communicate the hope we have through Christ.

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Watch the Full Sermon and Compassion Center Announcement from 3/24

Estimated Timeline

- August 28 – Prayer Meeting // 6:30 PM

- September – Begin renovations

- September – Establish volunteer Assistants to Director

- October 1 – Compassion Center Q & A

- November – Food Drive at ACC

- February 1 – Compassion Center Opens



What can you do?

Will you pray? Pray that we would grow in:

  • Unity around our mission to spread the gospel.
  • Awareness of the needs in our community.
  • Compassion to meet those needs.
  • Generosity to invest in the Compassion Center.


Give towards the Alderwood Compassion Center

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will the Compassion Center be open to the public?

Our goal is to have the Compassion Center open by January 1st. 

2. What will happen in the Compassion Center building?

We will offer a food program to families in need. Clients will have the opportunity to shop for groceries stocked on our shelves. They will also receive a meal twice a month. In the future we hope to offer social services to help people acquire things like I.D. cards or to learn how to build a resume. 

3. How will the church pay for this ministry?

Throughout the year we will collect food items to keep the shelves stocked for the food program. Your generous giving contributes to our benevolence fund which helps cover the rest of the cost.

4. Will this ministry be run by church staff? 

Part of our staff includes a director who will provide oversight to the Compassion Center, but much of the everyday operations will happen because of faithful volunteers like you. 

5. Do I need special skills to serve with the Compassion Center?

There are opportunities to serve for everyone! Some roles require training, but there are many opportunities that require no special skills. 

 6. How can I get involved?

Click here to let us know you're interested. 

Arie Mahler - Director of the Compassion Center

Do you have questions or ideas for how you could get involved? I'd love to hear from you!

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